lunes, 2 de octubre de 2017

About Internet and the Freedom to do Whatever you Want in Art

This is from Tom Richmond's blog. I guess it's a great reflexion for this matter. Check the question a reader does and his answer. I liked it.

Q: I do caricatures more as a hobby right now but hope to do more of it as part of a business. As I explore the market I would like to throw this out for debate: I wonder if the appreciation for the value of caricature and cartoon art has decreased over time due to the fact that there is so much fragmentation in how people can view art now. Art can be quickly accessed and viewed on the internet, mobile phones, YouTube, TV, e-books, e-mags etc. Is traditional caricature and cartooning now considered more “old school”? Comic strip characters are no longer the rage they used to be, as the newspapers they were in got replaced by the internet. The same with political cartoons. There are free mobile caricature apps that can take your photo, quickly filter it into a style, add a hobby pose and you can share it quickly and people get a laugh out of it. Yes, these apps most definitely are not real art forms, but they certainly help cheapen the field. Thoughts?
A: This is more of a discussion topic than a question, but I thought it was interesting and couldn’t think of a better place to address it than here in the Mailbag.
Is caricature more undervalued today that in the past? I do not think so, at least in the sense that people can still recognize the difference between good and bad work. It might seem like they cannot because there are no filters on the internet to weed out the lousy work, so you see a lot of bad caricature art. That is no different than it’s always been, the difference is thanks to the internet even bad caricaturists can post their work to the world. The internet has no art directors working on the content published. We see the cream and the crud in equal measure. There’s nothing wrong with that, by the way. Good work is good work, and thanks to the internet we are able to see more of everything, including the good stuff. That is only a good thing.
In a way the internet has desensitized people to connecting quality cartoon art with the kind of humor cartoons have traditionally been the voice for. You can thank memes for that. Memes are cartoons created by people who cannot draw. The speed at which satire/humorous commentary hits our eyeballs is of far more importance to readers than having a beautifully drawn cartoon conveying the same or similar message. Memes are pure writing and concept, and zero craft. Since the laugh/reaction is really what it’s all about, readers do not seem to care that it took the creator only a few minutes to slap that together. Admiring the craft and skill of a creator is not part of the equation.
That doesn’t mean that no one can appreciate great cartoon or caricature art anymore, however. As I said before, good work is good work. The apps you mention that “create” caricatures are a non-factor. They don’t really create anything. Yes, people can use them to get a laugh, but those people that do were never actual potential customers in the first place. If you somehow cast a spell that prevented anyone from using one of these programs and forced them to pay you to draw a caricature if they wanted one, 99% of them would no longer want one. Everyone loves free, but just because they take something free does not mean they would have paid for the same thing given no free choice.
As far as being able to earn a living at caricature, the internet is both the boon and bane to income. It’s a boon in that you can make your work accessible to literally billions of people. It’s a bane in that while your work is accessible to all those people, all but a very tiny fraction ever are aware of it or see it. Worse are the people offering to do it for dirt cheap on places like Fivver. Many are the internet equivalent of Time’s Square caricaturists, doing shoddy work for pennies.
None of this should put you off of throwing your hat in the ring. The marketplace will support the work it chooses to support. A certain portion of the market will pay the hacks on Fivver, and others will recognize better work is worth more money. Concentrate on your work and market yourself fairly, and your success will be whatever it is. The better work you do, the more success you will have. Good work eventually is rewarded.
Taken from here.

sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

Jorge Zaffino, excelente comic art

Hoy conocí a este gran artista. No estuve viendo mucho su CV pero tiene influencias de Alberto Breccia, sin dudas. Les dejo algunos paneles impresionantes en el manejo del claroscuro...

Simplemente buscalo en la Web. Es impresionante su trabajo.

domingo, 1 de enero de 2017

TV Paint Animation

TV Paint es un programa para animación 2D.

Es un gran software y es usado por los grandes, como pro ejemplo: Sergio Pablos.



Un lugar increíble para buscar y crear modelos 3D de casas y similares.
Especial para dibujantes buscando organizar sus fondos y mostrarlos de distintos ángulos para dibujar.

Wick edit te permite hacer animaciones para presentaciones en tu sitio web. Lo bueno de todo es que es 100% gratuito.

jueves, 29 de septiembre de 2016

Bruselas: La Ruta del Comic

Bruselas es una ciudad llena de encanto, dicen que es la más europeizada por encontrarse allí el Parlamento Europeo. Además, se trata de un lugar multicultural, que se ha enriquecido también de recibir a personas de todos los lugares del mundo. Ya que en Bruselas puedes encontrar restauración de todos los rincones del planeta, cocinada por inmigrantes que han decidido montar su negocio o trabajar en esta ciudad. Sí, la maravilla de la multiculturalidad está en Bruselas.

Sus calles están repletas de gente, pero también de cómics. Sí, en sus paredes puedes ver ilustraciones de Tintín, Lucky Luke y otros tantos personajes que seguro conoces. Y es que en Bélgica nacieron muchos autores de cómic que después se han conocido en todo el mundo.

Llenas de color están las paredes de Bruselas, gracias a los dibujos que se han hecho en ellas. Ya son tantos que se puede realizar una ruta del cómic para conocerlos todos. Están en diferentes barrios, puedes encontrarlos mientras buscas la Grand Place, el Manneken Pis o el Palacio Real.

No, en Bruselas no debes ir mirando al suelo ni al cielo, hazlo a sus paredes, porque en muchas encontrarás gratas sorpresas en forma de cómic. Además, puedes acompañar tu trayecto con unas patatas fritas o unos gofres que venden en multitud de puestos por las calles.

Los colores de esta ilustración de Astérix y Obélix seguro que llamarán tu atención en la Rue de la Buanderie. ¿Vendrán aquí los romanos a por ellos?

Las aventuras de Tintín también han sido retratadas en las calles de Bruselas, acompañado por Milú y el Capitán Haddock.

En el metro Stockel podrás encontrar una verdadera obra de arte mural, con más de 100 figuras de los cómics de Tintin. ¡Increíble!

También podrás encontrar a Spirou en la Place Sainctelette. ¿Te animas a intentar encontrar los demás? Si vas a Bruselas, recuerda, ¡no te olvides de mirar las paredes!

 Tomado de aquí.